Originally Posted by Grandarf
The bi-amping you're talking about is pretty much biwiring I believe. I mean, the amp has 1 power supply, so that's what you'd be using, you'd just be using two wires from the same amp, which is pretty much a gimmick: No more power available...
Not sure how much you're into gimmicks and snake oil, if unlike Totem you're not, you could look into pro gear. For a fraction of the price, you'll get a lot more power vs overprice audiophile gear. Plenty of blind tests show that well designed and performing amps are nearly indistinguable. aka: a 200$ pro amp vs 5000$ audiophile amp = no difference... Behringer A500 (200$?) vs YBA 2A (3000) = people scratching their heads trying to hear differences...http://translate.google.ca/translate...hl=en&ie=UTF-8
(click on 3rd link on left for blind comparisons).
Re: Totem snake oil, are you referring to the beaks? I won't need them, I found if I place a zucchini on the floor 41.7 cm from the speakers, it makes a huge difference.Though it's difficult finding exactly the right zucchini, I can't always get access to the mainframe.
Or is there other Totem snake oil to be wary of?
I'm fully aware of the subjectiveness of this pursuit, and I hate gimmicks, as much as I can avoid them. It makes sense to me that (for an amp) power is power, and anything else is colouration (how do you colour watts/amps?) - but sometimes we have to follow the crazy guru to get some actual wisdom that's there. I avoid altogether any effects, am buying larger speakers to eschew a subwoofer, and would get the flattest system I could get if I didn't know that every sound engineer tweak, room acoustic, physiological difference and mood (frustration, at the moment) affects the total sound. For example, I had a set of Paradigm monitors in the past, and found they sounded very flat, they had no life to them. But I realize on these Totems, some cherished recordings are going to sound great, some lousy (it didn't help that the first shop I went to blamed the sound on my recording when I knew the engineers were good - just different than what he had for demo material).
I have to rely on people's comments to try to find a satisfactory
system without going completely insane spending money and time on the most exotic components possible. I'm hoping in my environment (when I can actually listen to them) they will be good, for the most part. I just want good sound, good appearance, a versatile but simplified setup (eg full HDMI 1.3a feature support), reasonable future-readiness and environmental consideration (low power and heat standby and integration with other components). I don't want a full time hobby/money pit (I'd be at almost twice what I originally wanted to spend with a new receiver).
End of rant!
I thought bi-wiring would make sense since the Yamaha has two spare channels, are you saying it comes out of a reserve pool, so would be the same, rather than a certain amount allocated to each channel? (It's a 7.1 amp, I'd only be 5.1). I'd be happy to hear that to save money on speaker wire.
I'd be fine buying a medium-end mainstream Yamaha receiver for the features I want and later add a Behringer or whichever amp, though I really want to get to a plateau and move on as soon as possible.
LBE/Totem offered to upgrade us to Forests for a reduced price, but we're feeling more inclined to downgrade to Sttaff instead since the Forest would require an even larger amp and the Mite centre would be disproportionate. However I know the Sttaff is considered to be more coloured, the Hawk is considered a more neutral speaker.